For the Love of Dogs

Humane Society of Flower Mound throws doggone good party at Fido Fest

Humane Society of Flower Mound throws doggone good party at Fido Fest

The Humane Society of Flower Mound has devised a fun way to raise funds with Fido Fest, taking place November 2 at Westchester Park at 3999 Churchill Dr. in Flower Mound. The annual event has become tradition among dog-lovers in the Flower Mound area because of the wide range of activities it offers.

Formed in 1997, the Humane Society of Flower Mound is not connected to the city's shelter but is instead a foster-based organization for dogs and cats. The group is probably best known for its exhaustive work in 2012 helping to rehabilitate 52 dogs that were dumped on the side of the road in Denton County by what was suspected to be an illegal dog breeder.

"Our group is well-organized and has many dedicated volunteers," says spokeswoman Karen Schram. "People here have a lot of respect for their animals."

The event opens with a 10 am dog walk before moving into a day of games, concessions and contests. A highlight is the Frisbee demonstration by the Dallas Dog & Disc Club.

"They're a group who've trained dogs to do all kinds of things with Frisbees," Schram says. "They also pull dogs out of the audience and show them how to get started with a Frisbee, too."

There are costume contests, a presentation by the Flower Mound Police K-9 team, and booths offering microchipping and portraits for the holidays.

"There's one booth called 'May I Pet Your Dog?' that offers a valuable service," Schram says. "They teach children about how to approach a dog. It tells you how to read the signs so that you know when it's okay or not okay to pet a dog. There's also a booth called 'Ask a Trainer,' where you can talk to them about behavioral problems."

A demonstration on agility will show dogs jumping through tunnels and obstacles, which has become an increasingly popular way for people to bond with their pets.

Tickets are available at the website. "It's just a potpourri of things for people to come and do to spend the day with their furry friends," Schram says.

Fido Fest
Fido Fest in Flower Mound includes costume contests. Courtesy photo
Fido Fest
Did these dogs at Fido Fest 2012 realize that the big guy was not a dog? Courtesy photo